Embracing Pink Slime

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“Republicans chose as their leader the single most loathsome figure in American public life, a man possessed of not a single human virtue. He would inevitably call them to descend to the moral void where he resides. And when they did — enthusiastically — they showed us not just who he is, but who they are as well.”  — Washington Post Columnist Paul Waldman

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Change the Label

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“The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label.

I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC [End Poverty in California]. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to ‘End Poverty in California’ I got 879,000.

I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.” ~ Upton Sinclair Continue reading

Keep on Trumpin’

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The Republican Party establish is counting on the willful ignorance of the country’s Trump supporters to keep them in power

“Whether it’s strengthening environmental regulations, breaking up monopolies, restraining CEO pay, fully funding our public schools, or getting money out of politics — all things that have been done by most if not all of the fully developed countries in the world — Republicans tell us we just can’t do those things here in America…”

Republicans have put our country on a path of warp-speed decline, and they want you to think it’s worth cheering for.  Read more here

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A thing or two about a thing or two

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The public record is undeniable: Trump campaign people communicated with Russians during the campaign numerous times. Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met with a Russian emissary who they were informed would slip them dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of a secret Kremlin plot to help Trump’s campaign. Manafort, while serving as Trump’s campaign chairman, secretly met with a Ukrainian-Russian business associate named Konstantin Kilimnik who was a go-between with Oleg Deripaska, a Putin-friendly Russian oligarch. Manafort handed Kilimnik private campaign polling data and discussed a so-called peace-plan that presumably would involve lifting sanctions on Russia. (According to Mueller, the FBI has concluded that Kilimnik was associated with Russian intelligence.)

Excerpt from Here’s the Real Trump-Russia Hoax

Air heads

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The Rev. Dan Vojir wrote that “There is no depth, no substance to the 45th President of the United States. He provides no details, no resources, no factual basis, not even any continuity of any sort to his rhetoric. He seems to think that he doesn’t really need to present any substance, just what he calls ‘common sense’ and ‘gut instincts’ punctuated with ‘I know more about _____________(fill in the blank) than anyone’.

The reverend’s comment succinctly defines the voluminous gas bag known as Donald Trump and, by  extension, his followers. I can understand the disgust with the political status quo that led people to vote for Donald Trump but that was then — and this is now. And now it should be clear to anyone with a shred of objectivity that Trump is a run-away train in search of a wreck.

However, his followers disagree.  They “provide no details, no resources, no factual basis” for their support. They simply reject the reality of Donald Trump and substitute it with a fantasy of their own.

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Published in the Daily Gazette February 8, 2018